Having travelled as a vegan for four years now, and being someone who really enjoys eating means I've made finding the best vegan food one of my top priorities on my travels. In this time, I've travelled to many different European cities, and so I wanted to rank some of the ones I think are the most vegan-friendly.
These are all cities I've visited myself, and I'm ranking them based on how good their range of vegan options are, what the quality of the food and other products is like and how easy it is to find vegan options there. So, here are my top 8 vegan-friendly cities in Europe.
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The Danish capital has a small but pretty decent vegan scene. There's most stuff from fast food to raw food, as well as some pastries and desserts, and many cafés provide non-dairy milks. The main thing that seems to be missing in Copenhagen is typically Danish food that's made vegan, and vegan clothing shops.
Budapest‘s vegan scene is not enormous, but it is pretty diverse. It's an easy city to find a big variety of vegan food, including typical Hungarian dishes made vegan, Indian, Chinese, Thai, Middle Eastern and Mexican cuisine, raw food, buffets, fast food and even vegan cheesemongers! What's still missing from Budapest's vegan scene is much in the way of vegan non-food items, such as clothes, shoes and cosmetics.
Glasgow is a real up and coming vegan destination, with a lot of vegan-only restaurants relatively to its size. It could even be called the vegan capital of Britain, and certainly gives cities like London and Brighton a run for their money. One really nice thing about Glasgow is that there are multiple excellent vegan breakfast options, and many of the best vegan spots are within quite easy walking distance of each other.
Barcelona is undoubtedly one of the most vegan-friendly cities on the Mediterranean. While the city has a historical tradition of seafood (duh, it's on the coast!), recently there's been a massive movement away from animal products and the city has even declared itself a ‘veggie friendly city', officially! There's a bit of everything in Barcelona's vegan scene, with many of the major world cuisines represented, as well as typical Catalonian fare and fast food too.
Though it's a relatively small city, Turin boasts a very diverse vegan scene, earning it the reputation as the vegan capital of northern Italy: it even has a vegan mayor! There's fast food, slow food, bar food, brunches and of course tons of traditional Italian food made vegan including incredible gelato, pizzas, pasta and pastries everywhere. The majority of what's on offer in the vegan scene here is Italian in style though, so if you're looking for world food options, it's perhaps not the most varied in that sense. Nonetheless, for such a small city, the density of vegan options is impressive in Turin.
Prague seems to have it all when it comes to vegan options. There are several places specialising in raw food, but there are also burgers, pizzas, affordable lunch menus as well as mid-range and high-end options. There are even a couple of fully vegan shops selling everything from cleaning products and condoms to shoes and groceries.
Libson‘s vegan scene has exploded in the last few years with loads more options everywhere and seemingly a greater understanding about what veganism is. You can get vegan pizza, burgers, Asian food, buffets, raw food and of course typical Portuguese food made vegan in Lisbon.
Maybe I'm biased, but I still think Berlin is the number one vegan city in Europe. Now, that might change soon, with one of these other cities overtaking it, but for now, it's still the most vegan-friendly city on the continent in my opinion. Almost every café will have non-dairy milk options and probably at least one vegan cake too. There's tons of vegan fast food, burgers, pizza and sweet treats, some raw food, loads of great breakfast and brunch options, some higher end eateries and lots and lots of accidentally vegan Asian and Middle Eastern food too. It's also home to several vegan clothes shops, full grocery stores and shoe shops and even a vegan sex shop!
Do you agree with this ranking? What other European cities would you add to this list?